My final card today was created for the Less Is More masculine card challenge. I tell you...I love making masculine cards. They are so much fun for me! I started with a plain white card base and layered on some old grey patterned paper I'd picked up at Hobby Lobby and layered on some red cardstock and then some white. I stamped the city skyscape from Close To My Heart's super powers stamp set using some Colorbox charcoal grey ink. I used a Stampin' UP borders dotted line stamp to create the top border and then used to speech bubble from the CTMH stamp to create the sentiment which I stamped using Paper Trey Ink's petite alpha in the same grey ink. I stamped the super hero image in Memento tuxedo black ink and colored him to look like Superman using my Copic markers. I popped him up on some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals to sort of look like he was hovering above the city. I love this adorable stamp set! So fun and so versatile!
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Hope Your Birthday's Epic
My third card today was created for the Less Is More masculine card challenge. I started with a digital stamp that I purchased online from an Etsy shop. I love this stamp because there are so many fun things you can do with it and since it's digital you can alter the size to fit any card need! I kept the coloring simple on the controller and just used a few primary Copic colors and a few greys to darken the knobs. I mounted the controller directly onto some distressed blue paper that I picked up from Hobby Lobby and added an orange postage stamp edge border to the top and bottom. Using the same orange cardstock I trimmed out the sentiment using a fishtail banner that I created using my scissors. I mounted the whole panel onto so dark navy cardstock and layered it all onto my kraft cardstock card base. I adhered a bit of Doodlebug black and white bakers twine using some Glossy Accents and this card was done. So stinking cute, right?
For my second card today I created another fun masculine card for the Less Is More masculine card challenge. This one could work for both teens and adults. I actually sent my son a very similar card to this a few years ago. I started with a plain white card base and layered on some distressed grey paper that I had picked up at Hobby Lobby. I took a lighter distressed grey paper and inked it up with the Unity Stamps Splatters and Stars stamp set in a Colorbox charcoal grey ink. I stamped and die cut the guitar from Paper Trey Ink's You Rock stamp set and used the coordinating die to cut it out. I stamped the sentiment onto the panel and popped the guitar up using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I stamped some lines using Stampin' UP's old olive ink and the Colorbox charcoal grey ink and layered that at the bottom. A few dashed lines in black Memento tuxedo black ink using my dual tip marker wraps this card up. I hope you like it!
I was so excited when I saw the new challenge over at Less Is More because I love making masculine cards. I used to struggle so much but I'm lucky enough to have a husband who offers me amazing input and acts as my sounding board on my creative output. I put together a collection of cards that can work for both grown men as well as younger men and teens. My first one is just a simple layout that I found on Pinterest. Using some simple cardstock and patterned papers from Hobby Lobby I stamped out the motorcycle image from Deep Red Stamps using Versafine onyx black ink and layered the panels together, added a few white and black mini brads on either side and slapped it together. The sentiment is from a My Favorite Things stamp set. Love how simple but pulled together this card turned out. This one was so easy it could be mass produced.
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Sunday, October 18, 2015
Today's card was created for a friend for Halloween. She loves Halloween even more than I do and she adores witches. I found this image on Pinterest and decided to run with it. I think it has a very 1960's vintage feel, kind of like Samantha from Bewitched. I uploaded the image onto some 110 lb white cardstock and left the coloring alone. I liked it just the way it was. I cut the image down into a small rectangle and matted it onto some Stampin' UP black cardstock and trimmed it out so that it left a 1/4" border all around. I popped it up onto some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals and added some gorgeous papers from the We R Memory Keepers Bewitched 6x6 paper pad. I trimmed each panel out using the same black cardstock just to keep it consistent. I used my Stampin' UP modern label punch for the sentiment and then used just the ends in black to compliment it. I stamped the sentiment from the My Sentiments Exactly Halloween Innies & Outies using Versafine onyx black ink I added a few orange and black sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and that wrapped this card up nicely! I hope you like it!
Saturday, October 17, 2015
I Chews You
My second card today was created for the Addicted To Stamps And More anything goes challenge. I have been on something of a zombie kick lately. Not sure if it's Halloween coming up or if I'm finally getting some new Walking Dead episodes but I own three separate zombie stamp sets and I've been using them a lot lately. This stamp set is from Sugar Pea Designs and is beyond adorable. I chose to make a sweet Anniversary card out of this one. It could really be used for Valentine's Day, wedding card, etc. I inked my zombies up using Memento tuxedo black ink onto some 110 lb white cardstock and colored them in using Copic markers. I used a pierced edge circle die from MFT to cut the circle out and adhered it to my piece of patterned paper from the We R Memory Keepers Antique Chic 6x6 paper pad. I ran it through my Cuttlebug using a Paper Smooches stitched line die to add the lines around the panel and then adhered that to some Stampin' UP black cardstock and adhered the whole thing onto my cardbase. I stamped the sentiment from the same Sugar Pea Design stamp set and used a stitched fishtail die to cut out the sentiment. A few black hearts using a Paper Smooches die completes the card. Love how it turned out and I hope you do too!
Today's card was created for the Time Out Challenge. I was inspired by the colors and the chevrons on the far left pumpkin. Chevrons are so on-trend right now and I love anything fall so these colors are right up my alley! I started with my Sweet Stamp Shop Zombie stamp set and stamped the zombies out onto some white 110 lb. cardstock using Memento tuxedo black ink and colored them in with Copic markers. I added a few "accessories" to them by stamping the tie and the bones and coloring those in too. I stamped out the speech bubble and the stamp set offers several smaller sentiments to added under the word "BLAH" so I chose happy birthday. I popped all of these images up using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals and then layered them onto my card base which has some fun patterned papers from the American Crafts Halloween 6x6 paper pad. I stamped the blood splatters in black and this card was done! The inside sentiment is from the Sugar Pea stamp set Zombies and it reads "birthdays are like zombies. They just keep coming and coming until you're dead!" I have a lot of twisted friends and family who love this kind of humor. LOL.
Friday, October 16, 2015
So Thankful For You
Today's card was created for the newest Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge. I just love fall and all of the things that come with fall...the crisp weather, the foliage, the cozy clothing, fires in the fireplace, and pumpkins! I love pumpkins!!! One of the very first Lawn Fawn stamp sets I ever bought was the So Thankful mini stamp set. And even though I have other pumpkin stamps I knew this set would be perfect for this challenge. I started with some gorgeous fall papers from Simple Stories and all of the papers on this card are from that same collection. I apologize because I cannot recall the name of the collection and it's one of their first so I don't believe it's available any longer. I layered the pretty damask paper onto my card base, rounded the corners, and inked the edges with some Tim Holtz distress ink in tea dye. I stamped the larger pumpkin twice onto some of the orange paper and the smaller one once. I have the dies for these sweet pumpkins but wanted no white edging so I fussy cut them and then edged them with a Memento rich cocoa dual tip marker. I mounted the pumpkins directly onto the linen paper and rounded the corners on the right side. I added the brown gingham strip of paper and some dark brown cardstock that I cut a scallop out of it using a Fiskars punch onto the left side and popped it up using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I added some American Crafts hemp twine and then stamped the sentiment onto some more linen paper, cut a banner out of it, and mounted it up onto the focal panel with some more foam dimensionals. A few 4mm espresso sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and I called this card done! I love this pretty card and think it's pretty enough to use year round!
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Snowman & Riley
Today's card was created for the Merry Monday Christmas card challenge. The challenge was to use a moose on your card so I knew I had to stamp up this adorable Riley & Co Snowman & Riley stamp! I used Memento tuxedo black ink so I could color the image in using my Copic markers. I layered my colored image panel over some adorable striped paper from Pebbles Welcome Christmas 6x6 paper pad. I used a darker green patterned paper from the same paper pack and cut it into 1/8" strips and adhered it above and below the focal image for a bit more visual interest. I stamped the greeting using Hero Arts green dye ink from the SSS Be Joyful stamp set and adhered a few iridescent sequins from SSS around it. I added some red, green, and crystal Stickles to the snowman and Riley for some extra bling and then went over the sentiment using my clear Wink of Stella glitter pen because you can never have too much shimmer and shine! I hope you like it!
Monday, October 12, 2015
I don't send out a lot of Halloween cards but I have a friend who is a fellow fan of The Walking Dead and thought I would pop this one in the mail for her and it would be perfect for the new Can You Case It challege. I started with a base of black cardstock from Hobby Lobby. I stamped a Heidi Grace chevron background stamp onto some smoke grey cardstock (also from Hobby Lobby) using some Colorbox chalk ink in charcoal. I then stamped the happy Halloween sentiment from MSE Hallween Innies & Outies stamp set in Versafine onyx black ink. I stamped the blood splatter and the nom nom from the Sweet Stamp Shop Zombies stamp set. I took my white gel pen and added a few dots around the card background. I stamped the zombies onto some white cardstock and colored them in using Copic markers and added some clear Wink of Stella glitter pen and then popped them up onto some foam dimensionals by Stampin' UP. I added a bit of clear Wink of Stella to the blood and called this card done.
I Don't Exercise
I was so excited when I saw this challenge from Just Us Girls because I had just gotten in a new stencil from Tim Holtz and was looking to use it on a card. I started with a piece of kraft cardstock from Hobby Lobby and ran it through my printer using a font from my Windows Word program. I stamped the adorable coffee mug from the Waltzing Mouse Coffee Set in black ink and colored the floral piece in using Copic markers and added a touch of white gel pen to the center. I then used some Tim Holtz walnut distress ink and a round ink dauber and added the coffee stains around the outer edge of my card. I added few white dashed lines using my white gel pen and adhered it to my white card base. Love how clean and simple this card was. My have to mass produce this one. I hope you like it!
Have A Wonderful Day
When I saw the Pinterest Inspired Challenge I immediately thought of a new stamp set I'd just recently gotten from Waltzing Mouse. The Old Country Roses stamp set kind of has that light, water colored feel so I stamped it up using varying shades of blue ink from Gina K. I stamped the leaves underneath and then stamped the flowers again and fussy cut them out, mounting them onto the card using some foam dimensionals. I used a piece of old olive cardstock as the base layer of my card and then added a piece of patterned paper from the Heidi Grace Sunshowers 6x6 patterned paper. I adhered a piece of lace from Stampin' UP underneath and adhered the panel to the card. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Versafine onyx black ink and heat embossed it using some Zing clear embossing powder. I cut that panel down and trimmed it out with some more old olive cardstock and popped it up off of the card using foam dimensionals from Stampin' UP. I added some blue gems from Michael's and a few clear gems from The Paper Studio and called this card done. I hope you like it!
This morning's card was actually created for a friend's Halloween party and I thought it would be perfect for the AAA Cards challenge. I kept it pretty basic and started with some black cardstock from Stampin' UP, cut my ghost from plain white cardstock using the Lil' Inkers border ghost die and layered it onto the base trimming off any excess. The sentiment from MSE Halloween Innies & Outies was stamped using Versafine onyx black in and heat embossed using clear embossing powder from Zing. I added some Doodlebug twine and a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and this card was done!
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Today's card was created for both the STAMPlorations sketch challenge and the Color Throwdown challenge. I started with a vanilla card base and layered on a strip of patterned paper from Best Creations Autumn Splendor 12x12 paper. I added a pretty border using some red wood grain Simple Stories paper and an EK Success punch. I die cut and stamped three of the sweet mice from the My Favorite Things Harvest Mouse collection using Memento rich cocoa ink and then colored them in the color throwdown colors using Copic markers. I cut some squared out of vanilla cardstock and inked the background to look like sky using a sea breeze blue VersaMagic cat's eye ink. I applied it directly to the paper to give it a mottled look and then inked the edges lightly with some antique linen Distress Ink. I glued the mice directly to the squares and cut off any excess that didn't fit and then popped each square up using some Stampin' UP dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment using the same Memento rich cocoa ink and added a few 4mm espresso colored sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I rounded the corners using my We R Memory Keepers corner chomper and called it done. I plan on mass producing this card and sending it out as my Thanksgiving card to friends and family. I hope you like it!
Saturday, October 3, 2015
I'm Nuts About You
Today's card was created for both The Card Concept challenge and in honor World Card Making Day. I started with a plain white card base and layered some Stampin' UP chocolate chip cardstock on top. I selected a few patterned papers from the American Crafts Autumn Crisp 6x6 paper pad (love this paper pack, by the way...gorgeous papers). I cut a fishtail banner out of one of the papers using a Jillian Vance die and then layered a Papertrey Ink die cut from the paper pack, framed out with some more chocolate chip cardstock on top of the banner. I added some dashed lines around the banner using a Memento dual tip marker in rich cocoa. I die cut a tree from a Paper Smooches die and layered it onto my frame die cut. I stamped the leaves from the MFT Harvest Mouse stamp set, the squirrel, acorns, and stump from the Darcie's Heart & Home Busy Beaver stamp set using Memento tuxedo black ink and colored them using Copic markers to match my papers. The sentiment comes from the Avocado Arts Nuts About You stamp set. I popped the squirrel, the stamp, the tree, and the leaves and acorns up using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I finished the card off by adding some dashed lines around the framed die in Memento rich cocoa, white dashed lines around the outer edge of the card, and a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Love how adorably this turned out. I hope you like it too!
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